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Florida TaxWatch Releases Taxpayer Guide to the Sunshine State’s 2022-23 Budget

This week, Florida TaxWatch (FTW) released “The Taxpayers’ Guide to Florida’s FY2022-23 State Budget,” providing an overview of Florida’s Fiscal Year 2022-23 state budget, which was passed by the Florida Legislature during the 2022...

Florida Judge Plans to Offer Injunction Against Congressional Map Approved by DeSantis, Legislature

On Wednesday, a Florida circuit court judge said he planned to issue an injunction to new congressional maps backed by Gov. Ron DeSantis as the Sunshine State continues to deal with redistricting. With less than...

Florida Legislature Passes the Most Expensive Budget in the State’s History

This week, the Legislature passed the largest budget in state history with little in the way of opposition. The Senate passed the $112.1 billion budget with no votes cast against it even as six members...

Tom Gaitens:‭ ‬Florida‭’‬s‭ ‬2022‭ ‬Judicial Landscape

As we‭ ‬continue the‭ ‬2022‭ ‬Florida legislative session,‭ ‬it is instructive to look both at where we are and‭ ‬where we going as a state as it relates to the economic impact of lawsuit...
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Jimmy Patronis Pushes ‘Born Free’ Priorities as Legislative Session Starts

On Tuesday, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis highlighted his 2022 “Born Free” legislative priorities. The regular session opened on Tuesday. The CFO’s top priorities include securing $10 million in funding for Florida’s Urban...

Florida Health Care Association Unveils 2022 Legislative Priorities

With the Florida Legislature kicking off its regular session this week, on Monday, the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) released its priorities , with a focus on ensuring that Florida’s elders have access to...

Ron DeSantis Proposes $99.7 Billion Budget for 2022-2023 Fiscal Year

On Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis offered a $99.7 billion budget proposal for the Legislature to consider when it meets next year. DeSantis dubbed his proposal the “Freedom First Budget” and his proposal is slightly under...

Ron DeSantis Signs Anti-Vaccine Mandate Bills

At an event in Brandon on Thursday, Gov. Ron DeSantis signed four bills that the Florida Legislature passed in a special session this week, insisting they “will protect Floridians from losing their jobs due...

Florida Legislators Want to Close DUI Loophole

With the Florida Legislature currently holding committee meetings in Tallahassee and the regular session looming at the start of next year, at the end of last week, two state legislators introduced a proposal to...

Florida Legislators Want School Districts to Add Cameras to Busses to Help Student Safety

Last week, Florida Rep. Thad Altman, R-Indian Harbour Beach, and Florida Rep. Emily Slosberg, D–Boca Raton, filed a bill that authorizes school districts to install cameras on stop signs of school buses to capture...

Jimmy Patronis Pushes Consumer Protection as Session Starts in Tallahassee

With this week seeing the start of the regular session of the Florida Legislature and being Consumer Protection Week, state Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis showcased his consumer protection agenda, which includes protecting Floridians from unnecessary fees, working to eliminate fraud and scams, and ensuring Florida’s insurance markets aren’t flooded with unnecessary litigation.

Grappling With the Pandemic, Florida Legislature Prepares for 60-Day Session

With solid Republican majorities in both chambers, Gov. Ron DeSantis, state House Speaker Chris Sprowls, R-Palm Harbor, and state Senate President Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby, should not face many challenges from the Democrats. But there will be problems in the days to come, especially as DeSantis pushes a $96.6 proposed budget which includes $625 million for Everglades restoration and a new “Resilient Florida” program to deal with climate change with $1 billion in bonds over the next four years. 
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